Longtime Maui resident and businessman James “Kimo” Haynes III has joined The Nature Conservancy’s Hawai‘i Board of Trustees, the organization announced today.
Haynes, who is the president of Maui Petroleum, Hawai‘i Petroleum and Minit Stop, continues a tradition started by his father, James J.C. Haynes II, who served on the Conservancy’s Board from 1994-2009.
“The Haynes family has long been a stalwart supporter of The Nature Conservancy,” said Hawai‘i Executive Director Suzanne Case. “We look forward to working with Kimo to continue that tradition.”
Maui Petroleum and Hawaii Petroleum are wholesale distributors of gasoline, diesel and lubricants on the islands of Maui and Hawai‘i. Minit Stop is a chain of 15 convenience stores and gas stations located on the islands of Maui and Hawai‘i. The combined companies have a workforce of nearly 270 employees.
James “Kimo” Haynes was born on O‘ahu but moved to Maui at the age of two. He attended college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating in 1988, and then worked as an auditor for Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Los Angeles before returning to school at the University of Southern California in 1990, where he earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance and marketing.
Returning to Hawai‘i in 1992, Haynes worked for six years in a number of family owned businesses, including Diversified Leasing, Maui Disposal and Ho’onaninani, Inc. In 1998, he went to work in the family owned petroleum business, taking over the day-to-day operations in 2002. Although the three petroleum companies were sold in 2006 to Saltchuk Resources Inc., a privately owned Seattle based company, Haynes has continued on as president.
Haynes joins Anne Carter and Eiichiro Kuwana as the Maui members on the Conservancy’s Board. He and his wife, Sheila, live in Makawao, and have three daughters and a son
“I am proud to support this important organization that has done so much for conservation during the past three decades,” said Haynes. “So much remains to be done to protect Hawaii’s fragile environment. I look forward to working with my fellow trustees and the Conservancy’s staff and partners to protect our forests and coral reefs.”
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.